The US auto industry is expected to post one of the best years in history, thanks to the continued availability of cheap gasoline and low interest rates. And with automakers taking home record profits from their North American operations, they also churn out many more new or enhanced products.
The consumers are snapping in massive numbers the latest crossovers, sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks, but the slight decline in passenger car numbers has not curbed the carmaker’s enthusiasm for every single auto segment. This means there’s an abundance of new or refreshed autos for the 2016 model year and we took the liberty of finding the hottest bunch. First off, the Acura NSX, with the luxury brand bringing back an iconic ride – with XXI century updates: gas/electric hybrid with supercar performance. Convertibles have been down in demand in recent years, but the Buick Cascada might find its own niche – it’s a classical four-seat soft top ragtop. The Cadillac brand has not been reaping much benefits from the luxury boom, but the stale passenger car lineup will deliver a jolt in the form of the ATS-V and CTS-V performance versions. It also wants to lure in the customers that seek some traditional American-made premium quality, in the form of the newly introduced CT6 flagship sedan.
The Chevrolet Camaro has been the best-selling muscle cars almost without interruption since it was introduced the past iteration back in 2009 – and now comes with a sixth generation to mitigate the sales advancements made by the 50-year old, but equally new Mustang. Chevrolet is also banking on a green future with the second generation Volt plug-in hybrid model. The Mazda MX-5 Miata has been completely updated only for the third time in its career that began back in 1989 and we see it as a natural born winner. Those looking to showcase their wealth should look no further than displaying it through the new Mercedes-Maybach S600 model, considering that most likely the owner already has an AMG GT in the garage already.